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I am working on a multilingual book about some European Union countries. The selected are: Poland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey, Estonia. I wish to write chapter about a country using a font in some way specific for it. The Polish (free) fonts are, e.g., Antykwa Toruńska or Antykwa Półtawskiego.

I would be grateful for any suggestion concerning the remaining countries.

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Just to clarify: You would rather use a distinctive font for each chapter than a font that provides characters, accents, and other typographic marks used in the various languages of the countries you list, right? –  Mico Apr 10 '13 at 21:25
Yes, Mico: a distinctive font for each chapter. –  Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 10 '13 at 21:34
should the fonts be free, or can they be also commercial? –  michal.h21 Apr 11 '13 at 6:40
And the TeX question is....? –  topskip Apr 11 '13 at 11:55
Przemysław, Graphic Design.SE should be the on topic site for you. Add the fonts and typography tags. –  Speravir Apr 11 '13 at 16:52
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Speaking of the Czech republic, there were some famous typemakers in the 20th century, like Oldřich Menhart and Vojtěch Preissig. They created some original typefaces, some information can be found in this article, or in another article.

Unfortunately, I don't know about any free digitalised version of their typefaces, there is only lot of commercial versions, like Maiola, Menhart.František Storm created some fonts inspired with Josef Týfa and Vojtěch Preissig. Other fonts inspired with Czech tradition are Skolar and Nara which is really interesting, because it was originally designed in 1988 using METAFONT.

Only good free Czech font I know is František Storm's Lido, but it is based on Times. Good thing about Lido is that there is also support for traditional TeX, not only XeTeX or LuaTeX .

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From the spanish point of view I can recommend the Universidad de Salamanca's font. I'm not sure about its name, but you can find information here:


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It is a good suggestion, but I need a font with both uppercase and lowercase glyphs. –  Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 10 '13 at 21:39
Now that you mentioned it, I've never seen in Salamanca any sign written with lower case... –  Mario S. E. Apr 10 '13 at 21:41
@PrzemysławScherwentke maybe the font of "El Quijote" could be useful? –  Mario S. E. Apr 10 '13 at 21:42
It might be one of used spanish fonts, but not the only one, because it mimics handwriting. –  Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 10 '13 at 22:38
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